Weird Universe Archive

October 2020

October 31, 2020

Scary Morning Mouth

Happy Halloween!

Life - Oct 26, 1953

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 31, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Advertising, 1950s, Halloween

October 30, 2020

Roy Mack’s milk-diet tour

Roy Mack set off from New York on May 2, 1939, intending to walk to San Francisco. To make this more of a challenge, he decided to do this while living on a diet of only milk — about six quarts of it a day. He said he wanted to "prove you can live on milk." The media dubbed him the "human milk bottle."

By August he had reached Oklahoma City and had also lost 10 pounds in weight. He maintained this was due to all the exercise, not his milk diet.

I have no idea if he ever did reach San Francisco, because I can't find any news reports about him after Oklahoma City. Perhaps the milk diet got the better of him.

Pittsburgh Press - June 3, 1939

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 30, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Food, Publicity Stunts, Travel, 1930s, Dieting and Weight Loss

Hors-d’oeuvre

Hors-d'oeuvre, Jeff Hale, Derek Lamb, Arthur Lipsett, Kaj Pindal, Gerald Potterton & Robert Verrall, provided by the National Film Board of Canada




Some interesting animation from the interface of the Fifties and Sixties.

Posted By: Paul - Fri Oct 30, 2020 - Comments (1)
Category: PSA’s, Cartoons, 1950s, 1960s

October 29, 2020

Egyptian police parade

Buff men were prominently on display at the 2020 Egyptian police cadet graduation ceremony.





We've previously posted about a 1979 Egyptian police parade that seemed a bit unusual. So I'm guessing it's a tradition that these Egyptian police parades are extravagant affairs.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 29, 2020 - Comments (4)
Category: Parades and Festivals, Police and Other Law Enforcement

I Go Pogo

Your election alternative.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 29, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Humor, Satire, Politics, Comics, 1980s

October 28, 2020

Demoralize Nazis with tea

1940: Stephens Fothergill of London had a very British plan to defeat the Nazis:

"I would allow the German army to march into London, and instead of greeting them with machine guns, I would give them cups of tea. That would completely demoralize them."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Feb 15, 1940

Posted By: Alex - Wed Oct 28, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Military, War, 1940s

Music to Be Murdered By

Posted By: Paul - Wed Oct 28, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Celebrities, Death, Hollywood, Music, 1950s

October 27, 2020

Doctor needs money

An unusual list of what a country doctor in 1924 was willing to accept as payment. I wonder if my doctor would accept some goose feathers and soft-shell turtles as a co-pay?

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Mar 13, 1924



Letter sent out by a doctor at Paige, Tex.:

I expect a prompt settlement of all accounts due me. If not possible to settle in cash, any of the following named articles will be acceptable, viz.:
Cotton seed, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, billygoats, live catfish over 1 lb. each, bulldogs, registered bird dogs, skunk hides (dry), deer hides, shotguns, cedar posts, watches, gold teeth, diamonds, cream checks, pine trees (2 ft. in diameter, 30 ft. long), automobiles, new or secondhand; peanuts, black-eyed peas, Liberty Bonds, land notes, bacon, lard, country hams, clean goose feathers, soft-shell turtles over 5 lbs. each. Anything that can be sold for cash legally.
I need the money.

I have no idea what "cream checks" are. Google doesn't provide an answer.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Oct 27, 2020 - Comments (4)
Category: Medicine, Money, 1920s

A Horse with No Name in Latin

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 27, 2020 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Humor, Parody, Languages, Music, 1970s

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